Ava DuVernay has offered Anthony Bourdain a double lesson in manners and film criticism after he bashed Edgar Wright’s car-chase thriller Baby Driver.
On Tuesday, Bourdain tweeted a brief and profane appraisal of the movie: “F— BABY DRIVER.”
A few hours later, DuVernay called out the Parts Unknown host for his remark while standing up for her fellow filmmakers.
“You don’t have to like it,” the Selma and A Wrinkle in Time director tweeted. “But have some respect for the artists who made it. You’re better than this. Critique doesn’t have to be cruel.”
Though Baby Driver failed to impress Bourdain, it has garnered excellent reviews and opened to $21 million at the domestic box office last weekend, good for second place. Wright and Sony Pictures are mulling a sequel.
Bourdain did not immediately respond to DuVernay’s tweet, but a day later, he singled out a movie that was more his speed. Tweeting the poster for the 2011 Indonesian action film The Raid, he wrote, “Quality.”